Morris Just Misses Advancing To NCAA Championships

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Blake Morris
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Blake Morris
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

May 18, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La.  - Ole Miss sophomore Blake Morris shot a 1-over par 73 in the third and final round of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional on Saturday, but finished two shots behind individual champion Jonathan Grey of Georgia State.

The Waterbury, Conn., native entered the day tied with Grey for the 36 hole lead at 3-over, but double-bogeyed the par-4 No. 10 to fall two shots back to start the third round. Morris also bogeyed the par-5 11th and par-3 13th sandwiched around a birdie at the par-4 12th, and closed out the back nine with two more bogeys at No. 17 and No. 18.

The sophomore then caught fire on the front nine carding three-straight birdies at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 to move back into contention. Back-to-back pars at No. 4 and No. 5 were followed by a birdie at the par-5 No. 6 that moved Morris to 1-over just two shots behind Grey. That was all the ground Morris could make up though, as he posted three-straight pars on the final three holes to finish 1-over for the regional.

"Blake played an awesome back nine at 4-under par," said Ole Miss head coach Ernest Ross. "In my opinion, I thought he started a little tight, and put too much pressure on himself. After shooting 5-over on his first nine, he thought it was all over. He mentally decided to `just play.' He loosened up and birdied the next three. He missed going to NCAA Championships by two shots; he got it close. I am really proud of his spirit and I know he learned some valuable lessons today and this week."

The top five teams from each regional and one individual not on those teams advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will take place May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Ga. SEC champion Alabama captured the regional crown, while fellow SEC power Florida finished second. LSU, Tennessee and Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Chadwick: 'We Control Our Destiny'

      Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference.  Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (April 7-13)

      Monday, April 14, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more

    • Offense Sets Season Highs To Clinch Series

      Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more

    • Pitching, Defense Key Rebels To Win

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more

    • Rebels Prepared For Possible Record Crowds

      Friday, April 11, 2014 - Baseball

      Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more

    • VIDEO: The Legend Of Billy Chadwick

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Men's Tennis

      Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      read more

    • VIDEO: Mike Bianco

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco recaps Wednesday's 8-5 win over Murray State and previews the upcoming three-game series at Mississippi State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Murray State Highlights

      Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - Baseball

      read more

    • Allen, Orvis Lead Barrage In Win Over Memphis

      Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Baseball

      The Ole Miss offense exploded for nine runs on 14 hits in a 9-1 win over Memphis at AutoZone Park. The barrage included five multi-hit games and a season-high seven extra-base hits, including home runs by Will Allen and Sikes... read more

    • Chadwick's Top Moments: No. 13

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Men's Tennis

      We begin this week with No. 13 and entering the 2002 season for the Ole Miss tennis team.  The Southeastern Conference implemented a new setup, dividing the conference into two divisions - SEC East and SEC West.  This moment... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (March 31-April 6)

      Monday, April 7, 2014 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewMarch 31-April 6, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss picked up its second sweep in SEC play with three wins over the Auburn Tigers this past weekend, including a doubleheader sweep Saturday.- Left-handed pitcher Christian Trent posted a... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Auburn Highlights

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

       Game One HighlightsGame Two Highlights... read more

    • Laxer Caps Great Day On The Mound For Rebels

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Baseball

      Ole Miss held Auburn scoreless for 22 straight innings, from the seventh inning of the series opener Friday through the sixth inning of the series finale Saturday, but the weekend sweep remained in doubt in the eighth inning of the... read more

    • Mathers Stands Out Among Crowded Backfield

      Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Football

      Rising junior running back I'Tavius Mathers turned in the highlight of the Grove Bowl Saturday with a 96-yard run before he was caught from behind by rising sophomore defensive back Kailo Moore to prevent him from scoring the touchdown. "He's... read more